Mary Dougherty, candidate for Morris County Democratic Chair, said today she is seeking a court ruling on the eligibility of voters in the County Committee election scheduled for June 10 in Mountain Lakes.
A hearting on the issue of voter eligibility is scheduled for Tuesday morning, June 10 in the Morris County Courthouse.
Citing the “Party Democracy Act”, (N.J.S.A. 19:13-20) which was enacted by the state legislature to protect the rights of members of the county committee and to prevent fraud and corruption through open and transparent procedures, Dougherty maintains that anyone seeking to vote in the upcoming election must be properly credentials and duly certified.
“The law clearly requires that members of a county committee appointed (as opposed to elected) less than seven days prior to a meeting are not eligible to vote,” said Dougherty, adding, any attempt to fill vacancies the night before the election at municipal county committee meetings for the purpose of manipulating the outcome of the county election is clearly illegal.
“My opponent, without regard to district residency or party credentials, is attempting to appoint people to current vacancies without filing of certificates of acceptance with the county clerk and without appearing on the official list of county committee members,” Dougherty stated.
“My opponent’s actions in attempting to fill vacancies with substitute members just prior to the election defies both the law and common sense,” said Dougherty, adding, “what I am demanding at the very least is that we conduct this election within the framework of existing law. It is an insult to all county committee members who were elected on the June 3rd primary election ballot and therefore certified and properly credentialed to have their rights abrogated by any attempt to manipulate the process.”